Mr. Pierce’s practice almost exclusively involves legal matters in the construction industry. He works with construction industry clients from the inception of a project and the formation of contracts to the resolution of claims in litigation. An experienced litigator, Mr. Pierce looks for unique solutions to construction disputes to achieve solutions that are efficient and cost effective for his clients. Mr. Pierce has had extensive trial experience in construction matters, having tried 10 cases to juries totaling 50 weeks in front of juries. In 2005, Mr. Pierce obtained a $37 million judgment on behalf of a contractor on a power plant project after a ten week jury trial. The judgment was one of the top ten California jury trial verdicts in 2005. In 2006, Mr. Pierce successfully defended a contractor in a false claims case by the City of Los Angeles in which a unanimous jury found in favor of his client. The client also recovered its attorneys’ fees under the California False Claims Act. His construction experience includes prosecuting and defending construction contract, construction defect and design defect claims on behalf of owners, contractors and design professionals on both private and public projects. Mr. Pierce also has assisted contractors with bid protests and MBE and DBE matters.
In addition to his construction law practice, Mr. Pierce also focuses on insurance and risk management issues in the construction industry, with an emphasis on representing insureds to maximize coverage for construction claims. He also has substantial experience in the defense of ADA Title III public access claims and was trial counsel in one of the few Title III cases to go to trial in California. Mr. Pierce was named a Southern California "Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles Magazine in 2006 and 2008-2015. K&L Gates' Construction Law practice was ranked Tier 1 in both the National and Los Angeles categories of the U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers survey.
Before joining K&L Gates, Mr. Pierce was a partner in the Los Angeles office of an international law firm.